If the dream of starting your own architecture practice is the mountain top, consider our featured architects your Sherpa guides. Through a series of videos, they’ll help you navigate your way around everything from staffing and regulations to contracts and org charts. We get it. Just reading those terms is enough to make anyone’s eyes glaze over. The good news is, our team of experts have been in your shoes, so they know exactly how it feels, and exactly how to guide you through the material. What you end up with are videos that are approachable, relatable, and won’t bore you to death.
Among other places, we’ll take you to R&A Architecture in Culver City to hear from Studio Directors Lindsay Green and Alex Anamos. They’ll discuss staff organization, ways of reducing risk during projects, and critical resources for running a firm. That’s just for starters.
And don’t worry, literally everything was produced with the exam in mind – so every minute watching, will be a minute well spent.
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Sometimes watching video of experts who’ve been and there and done that, can make content a whole lot more understandable...and relatable. That’s the idea behind the PcM video lectures and real-life application videos. Respected architects from around the corner and around the globe use graphs, animations, and 3D models to help you understand everything you need to know about Practice Management.Learn more
The PcM practice exam covers everything you’ll want to know come test-time, making it a great barometer for gauging your Practice Management skills. As an added bonus, it mirrors the actual exam, down to the functionality, format, and color with 3 forms to practice from. That means you won’t be surprised by the questions, or the look and feel of the exam itself.Learn more
Know your way around acronyms like, NAAB, NCARB, and AIA. Figure out what “Level 5” leadership means. Identify the most common ethics violations. If it’s on the test, it’ll be on the flashcards. Review, shuffle, and mark cards as mastered on your phone. You can even make your own. For those feeling extra motivated, each card links to a video lecture if you want to dive deeper.Learn more
NEverything is better live - same with our Virtual Workshops. They give you comfort and assurance that your studies are on the right path. Weekly, live, in-depth exercises with a licensed architect will have you feeling you’re at the top of the class when it comes to the most challenging topics of Practice Management. Then, follow up each group lesson with a live Q&A to reinforce any PcM-related concepts with a licensed architect.Learn more
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